Sunday, March 10, 2019

A Sharp Breath of Birds, by Tina Connolly

★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Surreal) A little girl sees birds around her that no one else can see. They follow her into adulthood and influence every aspect of her life. (1,119 words; Time: 03m)

"," by (edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas), appeared in issue 27, published on .

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Review: 2019.176 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The narrator’s birds keep her happy, but her friend Alice sinks into despair once she stops believing they exist. That part of the story reminds me a bit of Peter Pan.

At the end, it’s no surprise that the narrator grows wings and flies away, but it’s gratifying that she manages to take Alice with her.

Con: It’s all really weird and probably symbolic of something, but my appetite for the surreal is very limited, and this went on far too long.

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